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The Father, The Son and The Holy Mackeral by R.M. BeckhardtThe Father, The Son, and The Holy Mackerel
by R.M. Beckhardt, 2016 Emil Rueb Award Winner

Thank you for your interest in the 41st Annual Elden Murray Photographic Exhibition and Competition at Howe Library!

The Elden Murray Photographic Exhibition and Competition provides Upper Valley amateur photographers with an opportunity to display their work to the public. The exhibition is sponsored by Howe Library with a grant from the Elden Murray Foundation and is coordinated by the Quechee Area Camera Club.

The 2017 exhibit will open with a public reception at Howe Library on Sunday, February 5 from 2-4 pm and the show will continue through March 2. Awards will be presented at the public reception. Winning entries and at least one photograph from each contestant will be displayed during the exhibition as space permits.

If you are interested in submitting your work to this year's show, please read the following rules and other information carefully.

Click here to download a .pdf file with the rules and matting instructions.

Entering the Competition and Picking Up Your Work

All entrants must pre-register online at http://bit.ly/eldenmurray2017 between January 1 and January 23. Work that has not been pre-registered via this form by January 23 will not be accepted at drop-off. If you need assistance with the form, please contact eldenmurrayphoto@gmail.com or visit Howe Library.

Entries will be received in the Murray Room at Howe Library on Thursday, January 26 from 5-7 pm and Saturday, January 28 from 11am-12 pm. We cannot accept entries outside of these scheduled times.

All photographs must be picked up on Saturday, March 4 from 1-3 pm or on Wednesday, March 8, from 5-6:30 pm.

Contest Rules

1) All entrants must be amateur (i.e., non-professional) photographers. "Amateur" is defined for these purposes by the photographer, but the final decision will be made by the Elden Murray administration. Please understand we are working hard for amateurs to be able to compete against other amateurs.
2) All work must be by the artist. Specifically, the exposure which forms the basis of the print must have been made, but need not have been printed, by the artist.

3) Further manipulations of the image, if any, must have been made by the artist.

4) A maximum of two works will be accepted from each person. Each entrant may submit photographs in any category.

5) Each photograph must have a title on the entry form.

6) Only prints on paper that have been matted will be accepted.  No canvas images, metal prints, or framed work will be accepted. 

6) The overall size of each submission, including the matte, cannot be smaller than 5"x7" or larger than 16"x20". One print per matte.

7) All work must be matted - neatly mounted on matt board of foam board.  (See "Matting Information" section below).  No framed work will be accepted.  Photos mounted in a damaged matte will absolutely not be accepted.
8) Only the title can appear on the front (but the title does not have to be on the front). A label for the back of your photo will be provided for you at drop-off. There must be nothing on either side of the photo which can damage other photos.

9) All photographs which have not previously received Elden Murray honors are acceptable. Immediate family members of judges are welcome to exhibit their photographs but will not be included in the photographs to be judged for awards.

10) As the photos will be displayed in a public library, entrants should keep their entries 'family-friendly' and suitable for viewing by people of all ages. The Elden Murray administration and Howe Library reserve the right not to display entries that are not suitable for an all-ages audience.


1) Landscape or Cityscape: "Scenic" images with or without buildings.

2) Animals, birds, insects: Both wild and domestic creatures; includes macros of any creature.

3) People: Portraits both formal and informal, groups, sports and performance events – anything in which the primary interest is the people.

4) Other: Anything that would not fit into the above categories (e.g. still lifes, objects, flowers, gardens, architectural details, abstract/non-representational work, etc.).

5) Photographs taken by people under 18 years of age.

Awards will be given in each category. The Emil Rueb Award will be given to the person whose photograph is selected by library staff to be added to Howe Library's permanent circulating art collection. The Murray Family Award will be given for an outstanding photograph taken by a first-time entrant to the Murray Contest. There will also be a Best of Show awarded. 

Matting Information: all photographs must be matted
The main purpose of matting photos for this event is to make the prints stiff enough to stay flat when "T-pinned" to the felt-like gallery wall material.
Some examples of acceptable matting would be:

1)  Adhere a photo to a larger piece of standard matte board or foam-core. By having the matte larger than your print, the T-pin will only dent the backing and not the print.

2)  Adhere the photo to the underside of a windowed matte board (gives a bordered margin of matte board around the print, which protects the edges) and add a backing. Adhere a piece of foam-core or other backing to the back of the photo-matte assembly so that the back of the print is not exposed (and is protected from possible damage).

3)  Double mattes are accepted. 

Photos that are not properly matted or that have damaged mattes will not be accepted. Photos whose mattes are larger than 16" x 20" will not be accepted. Organizers are not responsible for damage caused to mattes due to the use of T-pins to hang submissions. 


This year's contest will be judged by Michael Blanchette and John Vose.  You can learn more about Michael's work at: http://www.michaelblanchette.com and John's's work at: http://www.jerichohillsphotography.com/

The contest administrators may be contacted by e-mailing eldenmurrayphoto@gmail.com.

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